News & Events

June 8, Sunday

A Spring luncheon will be held after the 10 am service.  After lunch the children and parents will do some planting of vegetables and herbs in our beds.  If any of you have perennials that you would like to share for the front flower gardens, that will be the time to bring them.

June 13, Thursday

Lunch Bunch: Spring is HERE! We are moving into having soup and salads as our main course. Don’t forget, there is always a tasty dessert. We hope to see you there. Please feel free to bring your friends. If  you need a ride, call the church office at 442-2911.(Tues – Thurs mornings)

June 21, Friday

Potluck Supper at 6 pm, Please come and bring something to share. It’s a great way to join together in fellowship. The supper will be followed by:

Worldwide Make Music Day – an Open Mic music night at St. Peter’s. Performers sign-up and set-up at 7 pm, performances begin 7:30. Two song limit, all acoustic, piano available.  Suggested donation: $3-5  Refreshments available  For more information, call or email!  (708) 606-4673 [email protected] Find more info on World Music Day at www.makemusicday.org

June 29, Saturday

Farewell to Bishop Tom and Ann Ely at 5 pm at St. Michael’s in Brattleboro. Evensong will be followed by a reception and program from 6 to 8 pm. If interested please contact Colleen Gates at [email protected]  or 518-423-2485.

Moonlight in Vermont, a wine & spirits auction fundraiser for Project Against Violent Encounters, 5 pm at the Carriage Barn at Park-McCullough House.Gourmet food from area restaurants. Tickets $50. Call 802-442-2370 for more info.

July 7, Sunday

The Knitting Group will meet following Coffee Hour.  Bring your projects and stories for an hour or more of knitting shawls, blankets, etc. Feel free to bring a friend with you or have them meet you there. Call Louise at 442-2114 or Nancy at 447-0119 with ideas or questions.

Announcements

Habitat for Humanity is looking for qualified home buyers. Call 802-367-1000 or email  [email protected]

The Kitchen Crew is is need of a large print-out label maker for a couple of days. Do you have one to loan them?  Contact Nancy Sanford 802-753-7380.

New Ideas on FUN-Raising
We no longer have a formal “fundraising” team, but are asking anyone with interest and enthusiasm to get together a small group and present your idea(s) to the Vestry. The main ingredient, apart from supporting community ministry and hopefully raising money,
needs to be FUN, carried off with love and the grace of the Holy Spirit!
The Christmas Tea, our annual bowling event, and the Golf Scramble all work, and each possesses the all-important element of fun. But now we need more of that sparkle in other efforts. To that end, here are a couple of important points:
Most of our other fun-raisers happen in the fall or the latter part of the year: we need some events to fill in the ‘dry’ months: January and August.  There has been talk about having a buffet of casseroles, charge by the scoop, during Garlic Fest Weekend, over Labor Day.  Come up with more ideas!  Email Kay Trafton to get on the Vestry agenda with your proposal. Thanks!  Deb German, Collins Sennett. 

Questions about the calling of new clergy can be found here

If you have any graduation announcements, please get them to Kay Trafton. For the June Keystone, please send by MAY 27th! For the July Keystone, please send them by JUNE 25th! Send them to [email protected].

Terry Granger has announced that  he will retire our Head Collector at the end of the year. Thank you Terry for so many years taking care of this important job, along with May Burns. The vestry will be implementing a team approach for the future role of Head Collector. We are hoping to find at least two people who will work together to fulfill the various tasks that Terry currently does on his own. In preparation for that transition, several vestry members and the Senior Warden will be meeting with Terry over the summer to learn about the variety of tasks he does in his role. If you are interested in attending these informational meetings or being considered for the Head Collector Team please contact Kay Trafton as soon as possible at 802-233-3524.

St. Peter’s Church has recently started a mini version of a Sunday School program during the 10 am Sunday Eucharist.  If anyone is interested in joining Kay and Melissa to assist or help plan a Sunday school lesson, please contact Kay Trafton . Since we are in the beginning stages of this new program, St. Peter’s will be holding off on hiring a Sunday School assistant.

Calling All Summer Lunch Program Volunteers!
We will be hosting the Summer Lunch Program again this year. As soon as the dates are released, I will be coming around with my trusty clipboard and looking for volunteers. It’s a great chance to meet new people and provide a wonderful service to our community. Please see me with any questions ~ Nancy Bower 802-447-0119

The Ministries Team list is being revamped. We are currently looking for people who are interested in being added to the team of ushers for Sunday services. Please contact Donna Lauzon or Fr. Justin at the church at  442-2911 if you want to be added to our list.

Please sign up for 1st Sunday of the month birthday celebrations.

Habitat for Humanity is looking for qualified home buyers. Call 802-367-1000 or email  [email protected]

Food for our Freezer ~ Please consider making an extra dish this season to give to those in need. Please date and label your food items and place in freezer- proof packaging . Thank you.

If you have changes to the updated Parish Contact List please contact Donna in the office.

Rector’s Office Hours ( Wednesday 2 to 5 pm)  is a time when Fr. Justin is available without prior appointment. He may be called away in  emergency situations and then office hours may be canceled.  If possible please call to  make an appointment.

Thank you for using the compost bucket in the kitchen!  We are saving a lot of food from the landfill and are creating great ingredients for our spring garden soil.  All food scraps and paper towels, napkins,  should go into this bucket and then it can then be emptied into the bin outside the kitchen door. Please continue to help our Mother Earth by returning food to the earth!

Photo/Image Policy for St Peter’s Church:
The Vestry would like folks to re-read the church’s photo policy. Parents have to sign an “opt in” form in order for us to use children’s photos in print and on-line. Adults  have to sign an “opt out” form if they do not want their picture to be published. The policy and forms are on the bulletin board.

Send your announcements to [email protected] to be included in the weekly email and to promptly have your information on this web site.Go to the Diocesan Events Calendar for state-wide events.

Click here for the  Mountain e-News , the Diocesan newsletter or you can find printed copies on the little table outside the rector’s office.

Food Shelf Items:The BROC food/household ministry for next week is canned meat and toothpaste. Please put items in the shopping cart at back of the sanctuary. Any additional items are always appreciated. Thank you.

Food for our Freezer– The days are getting colder and many in our community are in need of a warm meal. Please consider making an extra dish this season to give to those in need. Please date and label your food items and place in freezer- proof packaging . Thank you.

If you have changes to the updated Parish Contact List please contact Donna in the office.

 

SOLAR POWER FOR
ST. PETER’S
On March 17 we presented a deposit to Bhima Nitta of  Power Guru to begin work on our solar array!
Bennington Banner article on St Peter’s Solar Project January 28, 2019
The people of the parish of St Peter’s Episcopal Church express great gratitude to our neighbors from the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship across the street.  These neighbors presented St Peter’s with $600 toward our solar project!
https://www.facebook.com/stpetersvt/photos/a.566442053382997/2596058013754714/?type=3&theater
An opportunity for investment in free, green solar power
Over the past year a  group of people have been hatching a plan to use the rooftop of St. Peter’s Parish Hall for a solar array.
Working with Power Guru Solar Systems of North Bennington, our plan is to use our hall rooftop as a platform for solar panels for St Peter’s use, lowering our electric bill to nearly zero.  PLUS, we will offer our remaining roof space for panels to be sold (or leased) to one or more local non-profit agencies helping children and families in the community.
If you are interested in hearing more to  support this effort you can email  St. Peter’s  Church.  We look forward to knowing that you, also, are someone who supports a better plan and a better world.
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An interactive discussion on interfaith harmony and sustainable peace was held at Zion Episcopal Church in Manchester on February 23 in honor of the United Nations Interfaith Harmony Month. The discussants were the Rev. Justin Lanier from St Peter’s in Bennington, Ms. Sahar Al-Shlani from Al-Khoei Foundation of NY, and Cantor Buckner, Israel Congregation of Manchester.
The event was organized by Yvonne Lodico, Yale Alum Non-profit Alliance Vermont chapter, and the Rev John Mitchell rector of Zion.
Please use the compost bucket in the kitchen. All food scraps should go into this bucket and then it can then be emptied into the bin outside the kitchen door. Please help our Mother Earth by returning food to the earth!

Photo/Image Policy for St Peter’s Church:
The Vestry would like folks to re-read the church’s photo policy. Parents have to sign an “opt in” form in order for us to use children’s photos in print and on-line. Adults  have to sign an “opt out” form if they do not want their picture to be published. The policy and forms are on the bulletin board.

If you are Hospitalized
Because of the HIPAA laws, hospitals are not allowed to notify the Church of your admission. Please call the Church to let us know that you have been admitted to the hospital
Send your announcements to [email protected] to be included in the weekly email and to promptly have your information on this web site.
Go to the Diocesan Events Calendar for state-wide events.
click here for the Mountain e-News , the Diocesan newsletter or you can find printed copies on the little table outside the rector’s office.
ENS is the source for News about the National Church
Fr. Justin, Bishop Tom and the children